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The rest of "The West"

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Why is it that when ppl talk about skiing "the West" it often does not include Washington and Oregon?

I realize we don't have the resorts of Colorado, Montana and Utah but come on - we've got the terrain and our surrounding cities offer good culture, food and activities for the non-skiing members of the family.

A friend of mine who recently took up skiing said she was watching a cable channel the other night when a "ski report" for the nation came on. She asked me why they didn't report on Washington and Oregon along with the other western states.

I guess we don't rate out here. Oh well that okay with me, we've got enough local skiers.

I will note that on any given weekend there are many tourist from Asia skiing at Crystal and I rode the lift with two gentlemen speaking Russian just last weekend.

I have a new slogan for skiing Washington/Oregon:

Ski the rest of "The West"
post #2 of 25
After Colorado it's kinda hard for me to say "ski the Best in the West" but it is home and real nice when it's been dumping for a week. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 25
I too feel like we get left out.

Part of the problem is the lack of destination resorts. None in Washington and two (maybe) in Oregon. The PNW is left off of the ski vacation list.

But you and I both know that we have the goods out here.
post #4 of 25
sug,

WA and OR are the Pacific Northwest.

it's just that simple.

oh, and to me western British Columbia is included in Pac NW, but places like Fernie BC are in The West.

hee haw.
post #5 of 25
Most PNW resorts are aimed at PNW skiers. Ergo, they don't attract many travelers from other parts. Be thankful for that because the last thing you want is your mountain catering to gaping tourists instead of the locals.
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gonzostrike:
sug,

WA and OR are the Pacific Northwest.

it's just that simple.

oh, and to me western British Columbia is included in Pac NW, but places like Fernie BC are in The West.

hee haw.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

HRMPH!!! We're more "west" than you are. Can't get much more west in the contiguous US. [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #7 of 25
Most people who talk about skiing "out West" are from the East or Midwest and would have to fly over the Rockies and its superb destination resorts (and skiers' mountains) to get to the PNW. When I think about skiing the West(only every day, the mind just stops at the western edge of the Rockies! And I know darn well there is great skiing just 2 hours(air time) down the line, having grown up skiing in Oregon (Mt. Hood Meadows; Bachelor), Washington (Mt. Baker) and Idaho(Bogus; Sun Valley; Brundage; Schweitzer). So when I've got to get out West to ski, much as I would like to ski Crystal Mtn, for example, or one of my old haunts, its pretty tough to justify flying over Jackson or Alta to get there. Its why I've never skied Whistler, despite its tremendous rep., and why I had not skied Tahoe before the Bears meeting last year.

Hey, maybe you should propse a NW destination for the '03 Bears gathering. Me, I'm gonna suggest Jackson!

See you in Fernie (never been there either).
post #8 of 25
Maybe it has something to do with the reputation for "Sierra Cement"?
post #9 of 25
And (dangit!!!), why does no one include the breathtaking San Gabriel mountains rising like a forest tidal wave above the metropolis of...


nevermind.


baldy

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 05, 2002 03:11 PM: Message edited 1 time, by ryan ]</font>
post #10 of 25
It all has to do with geography and most people have no clue.
People in Central Washington call Seattle "the coast". You figure that one out.
post #11 of 25
People in Central Washington call Seattle "the coast". You figure that one out. Lets see. How many days does it rain in Seattle? 200? How many days does it blow in seattle(I mean wind). 100? How many days does it rain & blow in Seattle? 350? Where else can you freeze your *&%$ off in 45 degrees. That's the coast in my book.
post #12 of 25
And (dangit!!!), why does no one include the breathtaking San Gabriel mountains rising like a forest tidal wave above the metropolis of...Is that a Palm tree on the summit?
post #13 of 25
Hey, the San Gabriels may be a joke, but it was 72 degrees today!
post #14 of 25
It also drives me nuts that Washington state's logo is "the Evergreen State" when 80% of the state is desert.
post #15 of 25
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bandit Man:
Hey, the San Gabriels may be a joke, but it was 72 degrees today! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
It was 19 in Central Oregon this morning.
: & 2 degrees in Burns,Or. east of here. :
post #16 of 25
Snack,
Lots of ppl ski less than 10times/season...
far too few days to gain appreciation for anything other than what's in big_$$$ travel brochures!
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post #17 of 25
Ryan,

Unless you live there and have been there for one of the 2 days a year that it's visible through the smog, you wouldn't even know there are mountains there.

Out of sight, out of mind...
post #18 of 25
Actually, John, though the recent warmth has thinned it some, since the last storm there has not been a day that I have NOT been able to see the mountain and snow that's there. Looking at it through the window right now, from downtown.

But you're right, some days you'd think there were no mountains around here.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 06, 2002 12:06 PM: Message edited 1 time, by ryan ]</font>
post #19 of 25
Another bluebird day in S.Ca. :
post #20 of 25
[img]smile.gif[/img]
post #21 of 25
I'm intrigued as to how the Rockies are the West? Geographicaly they are closer to the middle of the country then to the west coast,which is what I consider to be the west.

When I think of the east I think of the states on the eastern seaboard from Maine to about South Carolina. If a west coast resident used an east coast person's perspective on geography then the east would be Nebraska, Kansas, etc.

And Kneale, Sierra Cement is a terrible thing .It fall consistently at the rate of 350 - 450 inches per season starting in November, with plenty of fresh snow days into April. Some days it gets rained upon other times it gets very warm, the snowpack averages 10 feet, the corn can be skied well into July most seasons, and best of all people who've never or rarely ski it complain about it so they never come. In 22 seasons of skiing 50+ days a year I can recall only one season where we couldn't go off-piste by the first of January. We've had drought years but there is always enough snow to keep us off groomed or man made snow.

Consistency is what the west coast has to offer.
post #22 of 25
DD,

I just recieved word that my brother-in-law, the fun one, will be moving to Reno this July. I have already made book to visit him in March of 2003. Show me around Mt. Rose??

Ed

Ps. He is trying to get me to move there with him . . . hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
post #23 of 25
Ed,

You'll have to have him look me up when he moves out. Life is a bitch here. 56 degrees right now with a storm forecast to drop up to a foot of that infamous Sierra Cement tonight. Just adding more to our above normal snow pack.

Mt Rose could get real good next year as the rumor is that the "chutes" will be open to shuttle skking later this season and chair lift access next year. We become world class when those babies open, not that I'd know because they are ob
post #24 of 25
You know what happens when you get caught skiing OB @ Rose! :
post #25 of 25
dawg, when I was growing up my folks took us for a long, long drive east to visit Yellowstone and the Tetons. I was so impressed, after that I could never understand how people could bitch about things 'back east'. (ok, I didn't get out much).

that's a funny thought sitting here in Philly.

Perspectives on east and west are certainly relative, and subject to change.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 07, 2002 03:09 PM: Message edited 1 time, by JW ]</font>
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